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Essay Topic: How does Dickens examine the social problems of his age in A Christmas Carol?

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English Essay Essay Topic: ?How does Dickens examine the social problems of his age in A Christmas Carol?? Through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge; Dickens observes the social problems of the world within the novel A Christmas Carol. Dickens examines the social problems this world faces which some of us may have thought about from time to time, however none daring enough to comment on like Dickens have done. The social problems that Dickens lays out within his novel, A Christmas Carol though the character of Ebenezer Scrooge include: Christmas is just a time of a year where you are left poorer, without money you cannot be happy in life, and finally Observes that you should look after yourself and only yourself in life. Christmas is just a time of year where you are left poorer. ...read more.

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calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.? These are two very different and conflicting observations noticed and presented within A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Without money you cannot be happy. This analogy is presented once again through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in his conflicting confrontation with his nephew Fred. After Ebenezer Scrooge?s nephew; Fred pushed his luck a bit too far with his ?merry Christmas... God bless? speech, Ebenezer Scrooge brought out all his thoughts to the table stating mainly that you cannot surely be happy if you have no money. ...read more.

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Dickens makes this very clear through the Character of Ebenezer Scrooge in the novel A Christmas Carol through the confronting and some may be unpleasant comments. Scrooge states the following; ?I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry.? Or ?If they would rather die....they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.? And the final quote; "It's not my business,'' Scrooge returned. ``It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!'' Dickens has brought a vast variety of observations towards the topic, the social problems of his age in the novel A Christmas Carol. The majority of observations were presented through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, however one examination was presented by Ebenezer Scrooge?s nephew called Fred. This novel was made to open the minds of the norm to see other ways the rare person may see and observe life, situations, and Christmas. ...read more.

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